South African city of Durban has been announced as the host of the 2022 Commonwealth Games and this news was confirmed after the commonwealth games organisation’s general assembly in Auckland, New Zealand earlier today.
With this, Durban becomes the first African city hosts the Commonwealth Games. Durban was chosen as the host unopposed as Canadian city Edmonton, which had already hosted an edition withdrew from the 2022 race in few months back citing oil price-related financial concerns, leaving the South African port as the only bidder.
“A historic decision for all of us and one that my commission completely endorses,” newly-elected Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) president Louise Martin told the organisation’s general assembly in Auckland.
The Commonwealth games will take place once every four years and the next Commonwealth Games will be held at Australia’s Gold Coast in 2018.